whiz also whizz (wĭz, hwĭz)
v. whizzed, whiz·zing, whiz·zes
1. To make a whirring or hissing sound, as of an object speeding through air.
2. To move or do something quickly: whizzed past on a ten-speed bike; whizzed through her exams.
3. To pass quickly: The days whizzed by.
4. Vulgar Slang To urinate.
1. To throw or spin rapidly: The pitcher whizzed the ball to first.
2. To mix or spin (ingredients), as in a blender.
n. pl. whiz·zesIdiom:
1. A whirring or hissing sound, as of an object speeding through air.
2. also wiz Informal A person considered exceptionally gifted or skilled: a whiz at all sorts of games.
take a whiz Vulgar Slang
[Imitative. N., sense 2, from shortening and alteration of WIZARD.]
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